Madrigal Dinners set for Dec. 10-12

Already sick of holiday advertisements? Try singing Christmas songs beginning in August. That’s when a select group of 19 Monticello High School students started rehearsals for the annual Madrigal Dinners, which are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12 in the high school auditorium.

Retiring after 35 years at Hardee's

Vivian Grimes applied at the Mt. Zion Hardee’s in 1980 to help her 16-year-old daughter get through the anxiety of applying for her first job.

“She kind of had cold feet about it and I said, ‘I’ll just go with you and put my application in too.’”

Stoner appointed new Monticello mayor

Ward 1 Alderman Larry Stoner was appointed mayor of Monticello at Monday night's city council meeting. He fills the unexpired term of Chris Corrie, who resigned earlier this month due to ongoing struggles with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.

Publishing firm picks up local author's book

Monticello author Dick Fox has seen his second book published in the last two years. The author of “The Domestic Vietnam,” the veteran and longtime coach also wrote “Softball/Baseball: The Next Level,” a book that has been updated and recently released by Page Publishing.

Gems from the archives: Bement thinks big

Authors at The Bement Register weren’t kidding when claiming to “have set our idea high” for the Piatt County community. Pictured here is an artists’ conception in the April 6, 1905 Register of what Bement could aspire to by 1910.

Tax cap fears prompting levy increases

Truth-in-Taxation hearings will be common in Piatt County next month as governmental entities prepare for the possibility of real estate property tax caps. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has pushed for tax caps as a condition for approving a 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

Monticello named fifth-safest Illinois city

The City of Monticello has cracked the top five in the annual survey of the safest cities in Illinois, conducted by Utah-based security firm SafeWise. Monticello was named 17th safest last year based on violent and property crimes as reported to the FBI in 2012. This year’s fifth-place ranking was based on 2013 FBI data.

Kirby wins Guardian of Excellence award

Kirby Medical Center has been named a 2015 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc for Outpatient Surgical Services.

Mackey honored as 75-year member of HCEA

Twilia Mackey has seen a lot of changes in her 99 years on this planet.

One thing that has remained constant is her passion and love of the area homemaker organization.

Former county board member not named to water authority board

An email statement that Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith took as a request for “quid pro quo” from former county board member Kathleen Piatt prompted him not to recommend her for a vacant seat on the Mahomet Valley Water Authority board.

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